Workshop Abstract

Skating to Where the Puck is Going to Be:

Envisioning Faculty Development Post Pandemic

💻 Delivered Virtually

📅May 25, 2021

Jean Bailey
Katie Huggett
Melinda Rhodes-DiSalvo
John Mahan

By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the unique issues related to planning Faculty Development for the fall and beyond.

  • Use the QStorming method to develop solutions for complex problems.

The Problem:
Health Professions Education thought leaders consider reflective practice to be an essential characteristic for effective teaching. However, reflection on spring semester of 2021 may not yield relevant (or applicable?) continuous quality improvement strategies for teaching next fall. These are unique times and instead of a normal evolution of our curricula, teaching, and assessment strategies, we may find ourselves returning to traditional approaches or perhaps migrating to new trajectories. Indications are that fall 2021 will not be a typical progression from fall of 2019 and 2020. Faculty development professionals face the same issues of planning for an uncertain future.

During this interactive session, experienced faculty developers will lead participants through a question-storming (QStorming) process to encourage the development of better questions to inform quality improvement and drive change during these unique and unpredictable times. For example:

  • What did Faculty Development did you plan since March 2020? What went well? What did you learn?

  • What was dropped after March 2020 that needs to be added back in?

  • What strategies should FD professionals use to meet our diversity and inclusivity goals, now and continuously?

What should faculty development look like in the fall? When does face time matter?
In addition to reflecting on the future of faculty development, participants will learn how to use QStorming in sessions they facilitate at their home institutions.


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